S. Van Campen & Company. <em>Salesman's Sample of Kensington Tiles</em>, ca. 1885. Composition board, 5 13/16 x 5 13/16 x 1/4 in. (14.8 x 14.8 x 0.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Kevin L. Stayton, 88.155.4 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 88.155.4_PS2.jpg)

Salesman's Sample of Kensington Tiles

Artist:S. Van Campen & Company

Medium: Composition board

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1885

Dimensions: 5 13/16 x 5 13/16 x 1/4 in. (14.8 x 14.8 x 0.6 cm)


Accession Number: 88.155.4

Image: 88.155.4_PS2.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Tile made of embossed composition board, varnished with ochre-colored, transparent varnish, the composition consists of a male youth in profile, facing proper left edge of tile. The figure has collar-length hair, mustache, circular-shaped cap, and garbed in a broad collared jacket, thick-linked chain with pendant medallion. The figure holds (in bottom right corner) a four-stringed instrument including scroll and neck. Impressed on front: "Then Thee / Lover With A / Wofful (sic) Ballad". Bottom left corner is impressed: "S. Van Campen & Co., N.Y. CONDITION: Good, warped; bowing in center, varnished surface is cracked, most notably at the highest areas of relief, such as: the mustache, hair line, cap, eyebrows, nose, chin and stringed instrument. There is an orange-colored speckled area directly above scroll of instrument - may be chips in varnished surface.

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